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Reviewing pedestrian accident risk factors

On Behalf of | May 16, 2024 | car accidents | 0 comments

Walking is a common and healthy way to get around. Unfortunately, pedestrians face certain risks when sharing the road with vehicles.

Understanding the risks that contribute to pedestrian accidents is necessary for those walking as well as drivers.

Distractions and high speeds

One major risk factor for pedestrian accidents is distracted driving. Drivers who are not paying attention to the road are more likely to overlook pedestrians crossing the street. This can happen when drivers are using their phones, adjusting the radio or engaging in other distracting activities behind the wheel. Pedestrians should always be cautious when crossing streets and make eye contact with drivers to ensure they are seen.

Another significant risk factor is speeding. Drivers who exceed the speed limit have less time to react to pedestrians and are more likely to cause severe injuries in the event of a collision. Pedestrians should be especially cautious when crossing streets in areas where drivers tend to speed, such as near highways or in residential neighborhoods with wide streets.

Visibility and intoxication

Poor visibility is also a common risk factor for pedestrian accidents, especially at night or in bad weather conditions. Dark clothing, lack of street lighting and obstructed crosswalks can make it difficult for drivers to see pedestrians. Pedestrians should wear bright or reflective clothing when walking at night and always use designated crosswalks when crossing the street. Another issue to consider is alcohol and drug impairment. Both drivers and pedestrians who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs are more likely to become involved in accidents.

According to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, non-fatal pedestrian accident injuries led to 104,000 visits to emergency departments during 2020. Pedestrians must remember to always stay vigilant and prioritize safety when walking near traffic.